);
Toronto Raptors

This Week in NBA History (Dec. 16-22): Raptors trade Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant scores 62 points in three quarters

There have been countless moments in the 74-year history of the NBA that stand the test of the time; performances and achievements that will never be forgotten.

Throughout the season, we'll take you back in time to relive some of the best moments from the past.

This week in NBA history for the week of December 16-22:

December 17, 1991: Cavaliers beat Heat by NBA-record 68 points

The 1991-92 regular season was just Miami Heat's fourth campaign since joining the league in 1988.

In what was their 23rd game of the season, the Heat went down to the Cleveland Cavaliers by a margin of 68 points (148-80), the most in NBA history. The Heat were down by 20 (53-73) at halftime and then, in the second half, the game blew open.

The Cavaliers had eight players finish in double figures (five off the bench) while shooting 59-of-103 (57.3%) from the field. Mark Price led the way for Cleveland, recording 18 points (8-10 FG's) and 11 assists.

In start contrast, Miami only had two players finish in double figures - Steve Smith (15) and Kevin Edwards (10).

December 17, 2004: Vince Carter traded from Raptors to Nets

Vince Carter is among the greatest players in Toronto Raptors history.

However, after 403 regular-season games through 6.5 seasons, his time for the Canadian franchise had come to an end after he was traded to the New Jersey Nets. He was traded to the Nets for Alonzo Mourning, Aaron Williams, Eric Williams and two first-round draft picks (2005 & 2006).

A couple of months after the trade, Mourning and the Raptors agreed to a buyout with the 34-year-old never playing a single game for the franchise. He went on to sign with the Heat and win an NBA Championship the following season.

Aaron Williams was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in 2006 in exchange for 2006 second-round pick which they used to draft Bosnian forward Edin Bavcic (later traded to Philadelphia for cash).

Eric Williams was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in 2006 along with Matt Bonner in exchange for center Rasho Nesterovic.

With the 2005 acquired pick, which was 16th overall, they picked Joey Graham, one selection before Danny Granger. The 2006 pick acquired from the Nets was packaged with Jalen Rose for former Raptors' All-Star Antonio Davis.

Davis played eight games before being waived. He retired shortly thereafter.

December 18, 2017: Lakers retire Kobe Bryant's jerseys

More than 18 months after he played his final game for the franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers retired both of Kobe Bryant's jersey (#8 and #24) to the rafters of the Staples Center in a halftime ceremony while the Lakers hosted the Golden State Warriors.

He was the 10th player to have his jersey retired by the franchise after Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, James Worthy, Jerry West and Jamaal Wilkes.

Representing the franchise for all of his 20 years in the league, Bryant was named to 18 All-Star games, 11 All-NBA First Teams and nine All-Defense First Teams. He was also named league MVP in 2008 and was a member of the team's last five championships in 2000, 01, 02, 09 and 2010.

December 19, 2006: AI traded from 76ers to Nuggets

After 10.5 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, 1996 Rookie of the Year Allen Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets. He was sent to Denver along with Ivan McFarlin in exchange for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two 2007 first-round picks.

December 20, 2005: Kobe Bryant scores 62 in 3 quarters

On this date, Bryant erupted for a then career-high 62 points in just three quarters against the Dallas Mavericks. In fact, through three periods, he outscored the Mavs, who had only 61 points.

He also finished the game with eight rebounds and three steals on 18-of-31 (58.1%) shooting from the field and 22-of-25 (88.0%) from the charity stripe.

Eventually, the Lakers won the game 112-90.

December 20, 2006: David Lee's 0.1 buzzer-beating game-winner

Official, it's David Lee's game-winning tip-in.

It is the first and only occurrence of a team winning with 0.1 of a second remaining after the league implemented the Trent Tucker rule in 1990.

Trent Tucker rule - The rule disallows any regular shot to be taken on the court if the ball is put into play with under 0.3 seconds left in-game or shot clock.

December 22, 1956 - Bill Russell makes NBA debut

Bill Russell made his debut for the Boston Celtics at home vs. the St. Louis Hawks. He finished the game with six points and 16 rebounds in the team's 95-93 win.

He went on to become the most successful player in league history, finishing his 13-year career as an 11-time NBA Champion and five-time league MVP.

More from NBA.com

norman-powell-012720-ftr-nbae-gettyimages
'If they want to retire 24, I’ll find a new number'
NBA.com Staff
Damian Lillard
Dame records 50 & 13 in win vs. Pacers
Yash Matange
Bradley Beal and Trae Young (wearing #8 for Kobe) as the Wizards hold the ball for a 24-second violation at the beginning of the game.
NBA teams pay tribute to Kobe Bryant
Yash Matange
#Zion
Zion records first career win, Pels edge Celtics
Benyam Kidane
Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan in 1998
Jordan on Kobe: "like a little brother to me."
Micah Adams
george-kawhi-lebron-davis
Tracking the Clippers and Lakers Grammy Trips
Gilbert McGregor
More News